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Padres, Dodgers to play Mexico series in May

Padres, Dodgers to play Mexico series in May

Major League Baseball continues to spread its influence internationally by adding a series in Mexico next season.

The San Diego Padres had a rough season in 2017, finishing the year 71-91.

The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday the two Southern California teams will play a three-game series May 4 -6 in Monterrey, Mexico.

A Dodgers-Padres series in Mexico City had previously been proposed, but delays in the construction of a new ballpark prompted discussions to shift to Monterrey.

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Major League Baseball is expected to make an announcement about the series Monday. Major League Baseball is trying to expand on its worldwide games with plans to stage regular season contests in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Asia, and the United Kingdom in the coming seasons.

The two teams will match up in Monterrey at Estadio Monterrey, which the Padres organization is familiar with from the 1996 and 1999 campaigns. The Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins will compete in Puerto Rico during an April series in 2018. Their worldwide history includes a 1996 regular-season series in Monterrey against the New York Mets, made famous when dehydrated third baseman Ken Caminiti arose after receiving intravenous fluids, grabbed a Snickers bar and then hit two home runs. Verdugo, 21, made his major league debut September 1 and started four consecutive games, then did not start again.

One of the Padres top prospects, infielder Luis Urias, was born in Mexico.


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